£15.8m Chelsea signing speaks Ajax learning and 'unbelievable' English football

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Filipe Luis has been discussing his football upbringing and positive start to English life.

This summer Chelsea needed to move in the market for a new left-back, with Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand's respective departures leaving them with just Cesar Azpilicueta to play in the position.

With that in mind Jose Mourinho continued his raid on Atletico Madrid, as Filipe Luis joined returning loanee Thibaut Courtois and £32 million striker Diego Costa in swapping the Vicente Calderon for Stamford Bridge in the summer.

The Brazilian international cost Chelsea £15.8 million this summer. However he has so far only featured in a handful of games for the club as Azpilicueta remains the number one choice from Jose Mourinho.

Despite this, in an interview with Chelsea's official website, Luis insists he is pleased with his switch.

He stated:

"So far it’s been really good for me. The football is unbelievable here: strong, tactical and also very physical – much more physical than in Spain. For me it’s been a really fast adaptation and my team-mates have helped me a lot with that. I’m really happy here."

Luis was also commenting on his interesting background. For a Brazilian left-back Luis is far more conservative than say the likes of Roberto Carlos or Marcelo.

Luis descends from Polish heritage, his full name being Filipe Luis Kasmirski, and he left Brazil aged 19 to go play in Europe.

And he spoke about his footballing journey:

"I came to Europe when I was very young to play football, I was 19 years old. That’s where my European style of play comes from I think. Of course I have some Brazilian aspects in me too from playing as a young guy back home, but I think the tactical side of my game is mostly European.

"I joined Ajax when I was really young and I learned a lot there. It’s a great school to learn about football. In Holland tactics are very important and, even though I didn’t actually have the chance to play a first team match there, I learned a lot about the tactical side of the game.

"I then moved to Real Madrid where I played for their B team. I played all the games and then I moved to La Coruna to play for Deportivo."

It is this mixture of styles that attracted Luis to Mourinho. He is capable of going forward from full-back but just like Branislav Ivanovic he is, first and foremost, a defender - something his European upbringing has installed into his pattern of play.

It would appear a matter of time before Luis becomes the regular left-back at Chelsea. Azpilicueta is playing out of position and given his performances for Atletico last term, not to mention the price paid for him, Mourinho will begin to integrate this interesting defender into his first-team in the not so distant future.

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